Health

Sophia Hameed, a senior at Miami Sr. High and member of the Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Miami, will be joining 42 Rotary Club members from around the world who will be going to Chandigarh, India to help immunize 161 million children under 5 years of age against polio - a disease that still paralyzes and sometimes kills children in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Sophia, who was born in India and came to the US when she was nine, traveled with her family to India two years ago. After seeing the great poverty in her native country, she forged a relationship between a Rotary Club in Nagpur, India, the Rotary Club of Miami and the Interact Club at her school.
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. has announced that The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares -The AOA Foundation have awarded a grant through their 2011 Healthy Eyes Healthy People (HEHP) Community Grant Program. The grant is made possible by the generous support of Luxottica Group. "We are very grateful for Luxottica's support. Healthy vision is one of the most important tools children need for success in school; when their vision suffers, so does their learning," said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. The funding will allow Miami Lighthouse to create tri-lingual brochures and educational material about the importance of early intervention and eye examinations for children, targeting parents, school officials and community leaders.
South Florida residents and families lined up outside of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center to take advantage of a wealth of health services offered by Chairman Joe A. Martinez and his 7th Annual Health and Safety Expo. Approximately 1,000 people attended the June 25 event, undergoing free health check-ups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, hemoglobin, cholesterol, and much more. Children received free immunizations with a parent or legal guardian's permission and vaccination records, and Jackson Heath System provided over 20 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis.
On February 12, Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, announced that South Florida was awarded $8.5 million in federal funding to establish a South Florida Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (SFREC). The South Florida area was one of 32 regional extension centers awarded nationwide as part of the nearly $1 Billion Recovery Act Investment in advancing the use of Health Information Technology. The SFREC will support health care professionals in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties with the adoption of electronic medical records. “Health information technology can make our health care system more efficient and improve the quality of care we all receive, said Secretary Sebelius.
Baptist Health South Florida International Services, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, partnered with Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas, M.D., and the Honorable Marcella Liburd, minister of health, to host a seminar on women's health and related topics for healthcare practitioners and the residents of St. Kitts and Nevis.  Titled "Current Prevention and Treatment of Cervical Cancer," the event took place June 26 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino.  Baptist Health South Florida International Services officially announced the donation of 3,000 Pap test kits to the Ministry of Health during the seminar. At the request of Prime Minister Douglas, the Ministry of Health and Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health and Honorary Consul General of St. Kitts and Nevis in Florida, designed this seminar to educate women of all ages on the importance of cervical cancer screenings and the treatment options available to them.
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